The Supreme Doctrine is rich and dense in its explanation of how the individual man forms and matures. Benoit refers to this process as the pattern of our natural . The Supreme Doctrine has 25 ratings and 3 reviews. Dr. Hubert Benoit, a psychotherapist in WWII France, was inclined to call it a deep existential dread in the. 1 quote from The Supreme Doctrine: Psychological Studies in Zen Thought: ‘My organism is a link in the immense chain of cosmic cause and effect, and I ca.

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He constructed an account in contemporary psychological terms of the crucial Zen concept of satori and its emergence in the individual. Do I watch TV or do something I’ve been putting off?

Hubert Benoit: Makes my head hurt, but probably good for you

To ask other readers questions about The Supreme Doctrineplease sign up. Before the Self, integrated in a non-manifested totality, the Not-Self appears totally integrated in a phenomenon which represent it; then perception flashes out, in which without any discrimination the totality of the Self becomes manifest, but in the unity in which all is conciliated and shpreme which this Self seems to be abolished at the very instant at which it fulfils itself.

Imbalances between these two sides of us result in the creation of materialists and idealists see below. Mary Kathryn rated it it was amazing Feb 20, While Huxley promoted The Supreme Doctrine for its discussion of Zen Buddhism from a Western psychological perspective, others highlighted concepts of particular interest.

Jun 29, Fergus rated it liked it. Remaining motionless in the recognition of humiliation allows the intervention genoit the Conciliatory Principle. The totality of the self becomes manifest, but this occurs in the Unity where all things are reconciled and the self seems to vanish bennoit in the instant of its fulfilment. You will need to register to get access to the following site features: Suzuki had played a leading role in introducing Zen Buddhism to the anglophone world from the late s, but was not well known in France [11].

The key to change is either through shock, as in the case of the rebuff above, or from an extended period of doctine living, since compensatory images eventually lose their effectiveness. To name a few: Abstract self Our inner conflict really heats up around puberty, when our psychosomatic organism, or body-mind, forms an intellectual ability to see things from someone else’s point of view.


Open Preview See a Problem? So the screen onto which we project our imaginative film, the project we have made out of ourselves, is actually threatened by everything that it is not: To my mind, The Supreme Doctrine does exactly what it wants to warn against: Elias Abo Sine marked it as to-read Oct 02, Calm and relaxation occur.

The only real solution, he says, is the interior realization of our true state of being, which he identifies with the radical transformation of satori. HE says he did, though he downplays the fact.

This abstract self has an intuition of being divine, or having a divine essence, but the constant evidence assailing us contradicts this intuitive feeling. Benoit considered this to be a near-universal, fundamental component of human personality, likening it to an ‘”inner lawsuit” which is continually being enacted in our subconscious mind. When the preferred tendency wins, we attribute it to will power. I have become capable hubsrt experiencing, in a perception, no longer only docgrine partial identification with the Not-Self, but my total identity with it.

He used concepts derived from psychoanalysis to explain the defences against this fundamental unease, and emphasised the importance of an analytic, preparatory phase, while warning against what he regarded as the psychoanalytic overemphasis on specific causal precursors of symptomatology.

Our inner conflict arises around age two, at which time our psychosomatic organism matures to the point where the concept forms that we are a distinct being separated from the outside world.

The only change is that now I think there are no profound secrets under the opacity.

Hubert Benoit: Makes my head hurt, but might be good for you

Ville Halonen marked it as to-read Aug 31, Hart, author of Modern Eclectic Psychotherapypresented Benoit’s work doctrinee a contribution to the philosophy of science that humanistic and transpersonal psychologists were attempting to develop. The abstract self’s existential doubts are suppressed, and the materialist lives a relatively smooth life.


And then comes the intellectual center, with beliefs to support the hopes of the emotional center. This was the first translation from the French, and some have commented on the difficulty level of reading it.

Our animal or emotional self has to learn the same lesson in its own way. Jessica rated it it was amazing Aug 29, He ought to accomplish formal thought to the point of breaking up the form.

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This outside world, or not-self, threatens to overwhelm our very existence. A good but difficult book, but fascinating in its insights This is much more straightforward than negating desire by attempting to cultivate detachment, which is creating the desire to be desireless.

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Journal of Transpersonal Psychology. Satori is released at the instant when the absurdity of all our pretentious efforts produces true humility. Therefore he lives with his head in the clouds. Huxley promoted Benoit’s pioneering attempt to integrate Zen and other Eastern teachings into a Western frame of reference, and others followed suit. Trivia About The Supreme Doctr The concepts he puts forth themselves?

Robert Fuller rated it really liked it Jun 12, Dan rated it it was ok Apr 14, When I awoke into my life, a sobbing dwarf whom giants served only as they pleased, I was not what I yubert. Likewise, trying to offset disappointment by adopting an attitude of no-expectation doesn’t work, since it creates an expectation of no-expectation, but a benoi of these opposites yields an impartiality to fulfillment or disappointment of our expectations.

We see that we’re not omniscient, not benoi, etc. But my impression is that enlightenment for the Westerner does require some intellectual input, though kept within strict limits. On an inner level, we pursue self-mastery. This is often rationalized to mean “going with the flow,” but the concept of not-doing is more subtle than that.